Many football drills keep players waiting in line to get involved. This football circuit drill will keep all your first team moving.
You can execute this drill with as little as 6 players, but try to involve all your starting players including the goalkeeper. Use this drill as a link between your warm-up and a global training exercise.
This football circuit drill is made up of 4 main phases: short passing, mid-range passing, sprint and shooting. The drill is a variation of an exercise used by Atletico Madrid, but we expanded it to involve every player in the team. You can see the original drill in the video below (the players in the video don’t look very motivated, your team surely can do better ) followed by our variation to the exercise.
The progression is as follow:
Keep the intensity. Ask players to keep moving from station to station. Do not aim at getting a smooth transition between stations, focus on continuous movement as fast as possible. For example, if player 7 gets to the shooting station before Player 9 is ready to shoot, Player 9 should wait outside until there is a decent gap to shoot. After Player 10 is in, the progression should slowly get better and nobody should be waiting in a station.
Do not wait for the goalkeeper to be ready, just shoot. The idea is not only to keep moving but to force the keeper to have kick reactions. This will be useful in real scenarios were the goalie stops a shot but the ball bounces straight to another striker.
This exercise will be messy the first time you execute it but will get better as players get the idea and rhythm. Again, perfection is not the objective, your main objective is to keep everyone moving.